palmetto

noun pal·met·to \ pal-ˈme-(ˌ)tō also pä- , päl- , pȯ- , pȯl- \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of palmetto

plural palmettos or palmettoes
1 : any of several usually low-growing fan-leaved palms; especially : cabbage palmetto
2 : strips of the leaf blade of a palmetto used in weaving

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Origin and Etymology of palmetto

modification of Spanish palmito, from palma palm, from Latin


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palmetto

noun pal·met·to \ pal-ˈme-tō \

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plural palmettos or palmettoes
: a low-growing palm with leaves shaped like fans

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